Scapa Crafts was founded by traditional Orkney Chairmaker Jackie Miller in 1993. Jackie has been making strawback chairs by hand the traditional way since the 1980s, and is now assisted by an able team. Each chair takes two to three weeks to complete. The traditional techniques required for these chairs are carried on by only a few master craftsmen.
Scapa Crafts specialises in making chairs from driftwood, a process that authentically replicates how Orkney Chairs were originally made, when ‘folk would comb the shores for timber washed up or from shipwrecks’ due to the scarcity of trees on Orkney.
Individual, family and group visitors to the workshop are welcome (for groups of over 12 it is helpful to make a booking).